I have a 19 month old. I've had a split open spot on one areola that is causing severe pain. I think it was orignally caused by her teeth weeks ago, her biting down on me after she fell asleep and I've nursed with it for weeks even with the pain but it has gotten so bad that it is unbearable now, and wider and deeper as time has gone on. It's about a quarter of an inch long across the top of the areola, and deep enough to look scary to me, but although it looks deep it has only bled once, most of the time just looks wet inside, I can see my flesh that you shouldn't be able to see and yet it is not bleeding. I think her teeth are going in that spot. I didn't nurse for a period of 24 hours hoping that it would heal enough to be bearable, and it did start to look better but when she nursed last night it opened it back up and it's worse than ever, I couldn't stand the pain. I pumped during the 24 hr. period and the pumping does not hurt. This time I am going to go 2 days before I let her try again. When she's not nursing I have been keeping lanolin on it with a band-aid to hold the lanolin on it plus the band-aid keeps my bra or shirt from rubbing it. I'm concerned about how deep it is and what I should do. I don't want to stop nursing, I am hoping to nurse to age 2 and beyond if possible, so this is really worrying me. In the beginning I had severe pain which nipple shields got us through and we've been off of those since she was 4 months old - and I know the nipple shield would be the answer to this, but now she will not nurse using the nipple shield, I've tried coaxing her to do it and she just won't. I've considered going to the dr. but would rather not if I can take care of it myself. Does anyone have experience with this? If I went to the dr. what would they do? - this may should drastic but would they consider stitching it so she could nurse? I think I could bear the pain even with stitches if her teeth couldn't go in the spot or her sucking didn't open it up or whatever is happening. I'm worried about my supply by going for periods without her nursing because I don't seem to be able to get much out by pumping so I'm afraid I will stop producing on that side. And, for her nutrition, she is a heavy heavy nurser, many times a day and half the night, a light eater of solid food, although she does eat of course but hasn't seemed to eat any more solid food during the periods of only nursing on one breast. She has always turned down cow's milk, makes a face immediately when she gets some in her mouth and won't touch it again after she realizes what is in the cup and also will not drink my pumped milk, not crazy about anything to drink other than nursing. So, l could really use some advice about any of this. What did anyone do about a split like this?